“and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17)
"What do you do?"
Isn’t this a standard conversation starter? There is really nothing wrong with the question, but there might be something wrong with how we answer it. Usually we answer by explaining our profession (that’s what people are most likely asking), but it should be more than that.
“What do you do” is an identity question for us; and I believe it’s a challenge to make sure that we are defined by more than just our profession. The words of the apostle Paul in Colossians 3:17 are an ALL-encompassing exhortation. In our profession, no matter what task we “do”, Paul encourages us to “do” it in such a way that honors the Lord and represents Him. Secondly, how would you answer this question if you didn’t talk about your profession? What else do you “do”? Let me suggest that Paul is encouraging us to connect with something that is making a difference in the world. Are you serving in a ministry at your church? Are you participating in helping the less fortunate? Are your supporting a ministry that is changing lives?
This is my challenge for us – to connect ourselves with something that is changing lives. I believe God has wired us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. It might be what we “want to do”; but let’s take the next step and make it “what we do”.
It will change the way we answer the initial question!
Author: Brett Hersma
Brett Lilly - Campus Pastor at Compass Church (95th campus), husband, father